Is the American Withdrawal from Syria a Disaster, or an Opportunity, or Something Else?

The inconstancy of America’s role in the Middle East is really no secret, either to its allies or to its enemies.

January 21, 2019 | Martin Kramer
About the author: Martin Kramer teaches Middle Eastern history and served as founding president at Shalem College in Jerusalem, and is the Walter P. Stern fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
This is a response to The Strategy Washington Is Pursuing in the Middle East Is the Only Strategy Worth Pursuing, originally published in Mosaic in January 2019

A member of the Air Force secures the remains of Scott A. Wirtz, a Defense Intelligence Agency civilian and former Navy Seal killed in a suicide bombing in Syria. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images.

I have immense respect for the judgment of Michael Doran. So it’s significant that he thoroughly opposes Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Syria.

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